Austin’s Racist Past

Austin prides itself on being progressive and liberal. But our city is one with an ugly and distinct history. Are we willing to look at our city’s racist past in order to learn and understand? Have we considered the possibility that this history continues to impact our city?

KLRU’s Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories tells of Austin’s past, much of it from living residents who’ve been impacted by the racism they’ve faced in their lifetime.


If you want to look at the history of segregation from a national perspective, this brilliant video entitled Segregated by Design, based on the work of Richard Rothstein, is incredibly helpful. My beloved Austin takes a starring role around the 2 minute mark.